Café Guerbois, on Avenue de Clichy in Paris, was the site of late
19th-century discussions and planning amongst artists, writers and art
lovers – the bohèmes (bohemians), in contrast to the
Centered on Édouard Manet, the group gathered at the café usually on
Sundays and Thursdays.
Émile Zola, Frédéric Bazille, Louis Edmond Duranty, Henri
Fantin-Latour, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet,
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and
Alfred Sisley regularly joined in the discussions. Sometimes Paul
Camille Pissarro also joined them. The group is sometimes
called The Batignolles Group, and many of the members are associated
Conversations there were often heated. On one evening in February
1870, things became so heated that Manet, insulted by a review that
Duranty wrote, wounded Duranty in a duel. The injury was not fatal,
and the two remained friends.
^ Tinterow, Gary. Henri Loyrette (1994). Origins of Impressionism.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 314. ISBN 9780870997174.
Émile Zola which mentions the café
Batignolles Group article in ArtLex Art Dictionary
Mention of the café in Manet biography
Short piece on the café
About the duel
Manet as a regular frequenter of the Ca